New Book | Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain

Posted in books by Editor on January 23, 2018

From Four Courts Press:

Terence Dooley, Maeve O’Riordan, and Christopher Ridgway, eds., Women and the Country House in Ireland and Britain (Dublin: Four Courts Press, 2018), 320 pages, ISBN: 978 184682 6474, 30€.

In recent years the role of women in country houses and estates across Ireland and the UK has been the focus of greater attention. Chatelaines, mothers, wives, daughters, widows, sisters, housekeepers and maids were ever-present figures in the microcosm of the country house. New research has begun to reveal the extent of their involvement in managing households and estates, influencing design, adopting public roles, championing good causes, as well as raising families, and committing their thoughts to paper in literary expression. This volume of essays, many of which draw on hitherto unseen family archives, will bring new perspectives to our understanding of the country house as a place where many women often held powerful roles.

Terence Dooley is director of the Centre for Historic Irish Houses and Estates, Maynooth University. Maeve O’Riordan is coordinator of Women’s Studies at University College Cork. Christopher Ridgway is curator at Castle Howard in Yorkshire.


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